Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
650Trip End Apr 07, 2012
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We knew the final day of the trip was around the corner so took the opportunity to take a few snaps of the daily routines, breakfast, loading the bags, refilling the water canisters and the sight of the two tortoise buses next to each other. We did a bus toss, removing everything and Chris was in charge of the bus crew, cleaning every nook and cranny of the bus and making sure that all the lost property was put out on the tarp so it could eventually find its owner..
Once done the bus packed up and said goodbye to the Smokey’s (though we had not really seen much of it in fairness) and also to the other bus, whose journey would take them to the heat we were trying so hard to leave behind
Once finished we jumped back on the bus to head toward our dinner spot, en route we listened to Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, a band who we had never heard of but whose music could not have been better suited to that moment. Bob then reminisced of the fact he had been to Woodstock and the story that Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young wrote one of the songs we listened to en route to the festival (it was the first time they had played publically and they were instantly famous).
We headed a little further back in the Park for dinner, again the rain returned to haunt us but this time we had a good spot under cover. As we all knew this would be our last night with the whole bus together (some of the guys were getting off the bus in Washington D.C the following day) we took individual and group photos to mark the occasion. The guitar that had been bought at least 10 days before finally got played when Bob, Helen and Caesar played some tunes in the background, there was a feeling of the end but also the beginning...
We packed up the bus again and headed on our second to last night drive to Washington DC.